Stocks in Asia mostly slipped on Tuesday amid uncertainty about the future of U.S.-China trade relations.
Japan's Nikkei 225 fell by 2.39 percent to close at 22,036.05 while the Topix index shed 2.36 percent to 1,649.20 by the end of the trading day.
Shares of automaker Nissan slipped 1.18 percent following a Reuters report that the company's external board is set to meet today to discuss a replacement for arrested former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. The Sankei newspaper reported that Tokyo prosecutors were planning to arrest Ghosn amid new claims that he understated his income, according to Reuters.
Elsewhere, the mainland Chinese markets, which have been closely watched in relation to Beijing's trade war with Washington, bucked the overall downtrend to see gains. The Shanghai composite rose 0.42 percent to close at around 2,665.96 and the Shenzhen composite advanced 0.430 percent to finish the trading day at about 1,387.49.
Over in Australia, the ASX 200 fell 1.01 percent to close at 5,713.10, with almost all sectors lower on the day. The heavily weighted financial subindex slipped 1.22 percent.
Shares of the country's so-called Big Four banks saw losses: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group shed 1.35 percent, Westpac fell 1.37 percent, National Australia Bank slid 0.93 percent and Commonwealth Bank of Australia declined by 1.05 percent.
The Reserve Bank of Australia announced earlier than it was keeping the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 percent, with the central bank's Governor Philip Lowe saying in a media release that "the low level of interest rates is continuing to support the Australian economy."
"Further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to target is expected, although this progress is likely to be gradual," Lowe said in the release.